The presence held by our circle yesterday was precious! I continue to be in awe of the gifts that show up when we collectively tune into the energetic field, and especially when we begin to move together!
I enjoyed sharing my experience and insights from attending Eckhart Tolle's talk in Calgary. One of the most significant insights I gained was the awareness that "striving" to be present actually (and ironically) has been serving to distract me from the present moment.
Thank-you for also sharing your insights and experiences regarding present moment awareness. There is always so much to learn from each other! I think we were all inspired by the story of Hanna, Melanie's 12 year old daughter, who "shook off" a poor music recital and bravely performed it again! Wow, talk about about being present!
"Your relationship with the present moment IS your purpose. It is all that matters."
- Eckhart Tolle, Calgary May 15, 2018
The evening with Eckhart called me to pull out one of my favourite books, "The Presence Process" by Michael Brown. Like Eckhart, Michael teaches that presence is the portal to spiritual awakening.
Here is the excerpt I shared in class...
I am open and willing to allow divine light to flow through me, to notice in every moment when my attachments and my stories disconnect me from this infinite flow. Each day and each moment, I aspire to do my best to cause no harm with my actions, words or thoughts; to do my best to keep my heart and mind open to nurture compassion to ease the suffering of the world; and to do the most difficult of all - to accept and embrace the world just as it is.
- a prayer I wrote (contains the three vows of Buddhism)
A huge shout to Gabriole for inviting me to attend a concert by Deva Premal & Miten with Manose! I had never heard them before and was simply blown away by the beauty, authenticity and energy of their performance. Here is a link to one of their songs, which we listened to and sang along to yesterday. If you would like to learn more about Deva and Miten, click here.